From the beginning we have always had a clear idea about the environment we wanted to create for our customers, (parents, children) staff and students and as an organisation we have always believed that we all deserve to have the best environment in which to work and play. Over the last 20 years I have been fortunate to work with people that I respect and admire and who have the same drive and commitment to “making a difference” and who genuinely want to be a part of something bigger.
Over the next few months we have planned a series of events to celebrate all that we have achieved. Initial plans include:
- Staff team celebration on the 5th July
- Nursery family day at the Ellesmere on Saturday 13th September ( look out for your invite soon!)
- Creating a permanent canvas in words and pictures of our 20 year journey from 1994-2014
We will keep you posted about all events!
We place great importance on action research in nursery, since that has the most immediate and direct benefit to the children and parents we support. We are excited to be involved in two partner projects; Maths and English Champions Project with the Department of Education and National Day Nurseries Association and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.
Maths and English Champions Project – As the Early Years Teacher Lisa will be leading the project with staff team. The aim of the project is to work with early years practitioners to raise their confidence levels in mathematics and English, enabling them to improve their skills and better support maths and literacy through play with children in the early years. Lisa will be supporting staff to raise their confidence levels, knowledge and understanding of maths and English in the early years and help them to further plan and provide an enabling environment for maths and literacy in nursery.
The project is supported by the DfE, who see the importance of maths and literacy in early years and supporting practitioners to be confident and have the skills and resources to be able to provide the best opportunities for the children in their care, supporting improved outcomes across the board.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy C
I was invited to join the group along with colleagues and experts in the sector to develop practical policies to reduce the scale of childhood obesity. The purpose of the Working Group is to produce a report designed to influence decision-makers in this crucial policy field. It will address questions such as:
How can the changing family unit in the 21st century evolve patterns and mutually supportive behaviours to promote the health of the growing child?
Surrounded by the trappings of modern-day life, how can the individual family clear the hurdles and equip its youngest members with healthy guidelines for life?
What can Government at national and local level do to enable a family unit to work as a healthy collective and to provide a touchstone for parents in supporting the individual needs of children?
How can we influence messaging from the media, advertising and commercial enterprise to achieve these goals?
Its official details are recorded on the Parliamentary website at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/fit-and-healthy-childhood.htm
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